Here's the first reader report, from Ben Nicholls. The next half a dozen will follow in the coming weeks and months - enjoy!
And there's the noise. Between 50 and 60mph, the diff noise is just unbearable; not great when you're in a 50mph limited roadworks section for mile after interminable mile. I can still hear the whining now, which probably isn't a good sign.
As I arrived home, the addictive pops and bangs from the exhaust got the attention of my children, who immediately charged towards me and the car. The youngest boy (he's three) was too small to be taken out and the harnesses wouldn't tighten enough for my eldest boy who is seven, but a few cushions to boost him up got him a quick spin out.
If Saturday was a bit of a disappointment, Sunday was perfect: A beaming sun and not a cloud in sight. I took Mrs N to Stokesley for breakfast and then it was just me, a Caterham and some truly beautiful roads over North Yorkshire. I drove from Stokesley to Helmsley, then onto Pickering, heading to Guisborough via Castleton and got to learn just how good the Caterham 310R is to drive. In the dry those sticky semi-slick Avons just never let go and I love the gearbox too; it's so short and precise. You get such a good feeling from this car you can't help but want to push harder and harder.
But, of course, none of that really matters - I loved this car. Not just because of its pace or incredible handling, but its plucky character and ability to charm anyone. Whether driving or sat eating my breakfast, it got respect from people of all ages. It's a car seemingly everybody likes, regardless of whether they are into cars or not.
Would I buy one? Absolutely. I think £38K for a car you can only really use in the dry is a lot, but it would be a great track car. More than that a Caterham has heritage, and that's what makes it so likeable. Bikers would give you the nod as they went by. I got a thumbs up from someone driving a Lotus Evora. I have never, ever had a car like that.
Finally, I just want to say thank you to PistonHeads and Caterham for the opportunity to build and drive a car; it was an experience I will never forget. I look forward to seeing the remaining six take on the Seven...
Car: Caterham Seven 310R
Run by: Whoever gets it first
On fleet since: April 2017
List price new: £23,495 (As tested £38,930 comprising £2,500 for factory build, £4,495 for R pack, £200 for track suspension pack, £675 for ventilated front brakes with quad piston calipers, £200 for 13-inch Apollo black alloys on Avon ZZS tyres, £1,250 for full weather equipment and side screens, £95 for side screen arm rests, £80 for hood bag, £95 for boot cover in carbon vinyl, £115 for fully carpeted interior, £400 for carbon leather seats, £150 for Momo quick release steering wheel, £300 for heater, £300 for Sequential shift lights, £495 for lowered floors, £900 for high intensity lights with LED daytime running lights, £1,000 for Miami Blue custom colour, £395 for full decal pack, £995 for full paint protection and £895 for on the road package)
Last month at a glance: First PHer gets their hands on the Seven, takes it to Teesside and back!
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